Rome High School’s Junior ROTC cadets earned the highest possible grade of “Exceeds Standards” during its recent unit evaluation.

“It has been four years since our last inspection,” said Senior Aerospace Science Instructor, retired Col. Seaborn Whatley. “We are very excited that cadets were able to rally and make this two in a row.”

The unit was also rated exceeds standards in 2014.

The inspection examines all aspect of how the unit fulfills its mission to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community. Retired Master Sgt. Keith Thrash, also an instructor with the program, noted that students incur no military obligation by being in the program nor is there any expectation that cadets join the military.

“We develop cadets through education, but also through co-curricular activities such as our STEM programs, which include flying quadcopters, model rocketry and cyber security,” said Thrash. “We also have our competition drill teams and of course, our renowned color guard.”